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Facilitating Multifunctional Green Infrastructure Planning in Washington, DC through a Tableau Interface

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Department of Plant Sciences and Entomology, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI 02881, USA
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College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences, University of the District of Columbia, Washington, DC 20008, USA
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The Trust for Public Land, Washington, DC 20003, USA
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Academic Editor: Carlos Oliveira Cruz
Sustainability 2021, 13(15), 8390; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13158390
Received: 7 May 2021 / Revised: 5 June 2021 / Accepted: 10 June 2021 / Published: 27 July 2021
Multifunctional urban green infrastructure (UGI) can regulate stormwater, mitigate heat islands, conserve biodiversity and biocultural diversity, and produce food, among other functions. Equitable governance of UGI requires new tools for sharing pertinent information. Our goal was to develop a public-access geographic information system (GIS) that can be used for comprehensive UGI planning in Washington, DC (the District) and to create an e-tool for UGI in the form of Tableau dashboards. The dashboards allow stakeholders to identify (1) existing UGI and (2) potential areas for new UGI including urban agriculture (UA). They also allow users to manipulate the data and identify priority locations for equitable UGI development by applying population vulnerability indices and other filters. We demonstrate use of the dashboards through scenarios focusing on UA in the District, which currently has 150 ha of existing UGI in the form of documented projects and an additional 2734 ha potentially suitable for UGI development. A total of 2575 ha is potentially suitable for UA, with 56% of that area in Wards 5, 7, and 8, which are largely food deserts and whose residents are primarily Black and experience the greatest inequities. Our work can serve as a model for similar digital tools in other locales using Tableau and other platforms. View Full-Text
Keywords: green infrastructure; urban agriculture; e-tools; participatory planning; urban metabolism green infrastructure; urban agriculture; e-tools; participatory planning; urban metabolism
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Taylor, J.R.; Hanumappa, M.; Miller, L.; Shane, B.; Richardson, M.L. Facilitating Multifunctional Green Infrastructure Planning in Washington, DC through a Tableau Interface. Sustainability 2021, 13, 8390. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13158390

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Taylor JR, Hanumappa M, Miller L, Shane B, Richardson ML. Facilitating Multifunctional Green Infrastructure Planning in Washington, DC through a Tableau Interface. Sustainability. 2021; 13(15):8390. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13158390

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Taylor, John R., Mamatha Hanumappa, Lara Miller, Brendan Shane, and Matthew L. Richardson 2021. "Facilitating Multifunctional Green Infrastructure Planning in Washington, DC through a Tableau Interface" Sustainability 13, no. 15: 8390. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13158390

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